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MK Sound M-5 5.1 Speaker System

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Introduction

For years, the letters “M” and “K” have been synonymous with high-quality professional and home audio. Miller and Kreisel, or M&K as the company was known pioneered the satellite + subwoofer speaker system concept. M&K speakers were well known in the entertainment industry as the choice among many big-name professional sound mixing studios, including Dolby Labs, DTS, Lucasfilm, THX, and Sony. Those are some serious bragging rights. But about two years ago, the company was struggling, and ended up going under, as they say. Today, the brand has re-emerged under the name MK Sound. MK Sound has brought back some of the stalwart technologies from M&K, as well as some new products too. Last month, I had the opportunity to review their smallest satellite/sub 5.1 package, the M-5 system. Will the new MK Sound live up to the history behind its famous initials? Read on…

Specifications

  • M-5 Front Speakers
  • Design: Two-way; Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: One 1” Cloth Dome Tweeter; One 4” Paper Mid/Bass
  • MFR: 100 Hz - 20 kHz ± 2 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Dimensions: 7.4” H x 4.9” W x 6.4” D
  • Weight: 4.8 Pounds/Each
  • MSRP: $299/Each USA
  • M-4T Surround Speakers
  • Design: Two-way Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: One 1” Cloth Dome Tweeter; One 4” Paper Mid/Bass; Two 3” Full-range Side Drivers (Dipole Arrangement)
  • MFR: 100 Hz - 20 kHz ± 2 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohm
  • Dimensions: 7.4” H x 6” W x 6.75” D
  • Weight: 6.5 Pounds/Each
  • MSRP: $699/Pair USA
  • SB-8 Subwoofer
  • Design: Sealed Enclosure
  • Bass Driver: 8”
  • Rated Power: 150 Watts RMS
  • MFR: 35 Hz – 200 Hz ± 3 dB
  • Low Pass Filter: 40 Hz - 200 Hz, Continuously Variable
  • Dimensions: 10.2" H x 13.8" W x 10” D
  • Weight: 22 Pounds
  • MSRP: $799 USA
  • $2,395 USD System Price
  • MK Sound

My first experience with M&K speakers was about 10 years ago. While visiting a friend’s parents’ house, I saw an old set of two small wooden boxes and a large wooden box gathering dust in the dad’s office. Upon closer inspection, the wooden boxes turned out to be an original M&K S1 satellite & Volkswoofer sub system. The dad had forgotten he even owned them. We pulled them out, dusted and cleaned them off, and hooked them up to an Onkyo stereo pre/pro and CD player. These speakers were almost as old as I was, and they still sounded great. I think he’s still using them for music in his office to this day. When I heard that I was going to review the modern successors to that original S1 system, I was tickled.